Guilty pleasures! We had a great time at this hangout. First, we discuss what makes something a guilty pleasure. We decided it’s often something you don’t talk much about, you generally don’t tell your friends or your family about it. Sometimes it might make you feel a little embarrassed that you enjoy it so much. Or it might be a show or movie that you watch and watch over and over again.
Isabela previously discussed how guilty pleasures are often code for feminine. Romances are often described as guilty pleasures. One of the ideas we mention is they are often more light-hearted or popcorn entertainment. There seemed to be some feminine qualities to our choices but overall I think our choices have more to do with exactly how much we enjoy these pastimes. In the end, I think we all decided we would keep on enjoying our favorites, guilty, geeky, or otherwise.
The most amusing part of this hangout for me was hearing us defend each other’s guilty pleasures and then finally finding something Mark considered a guilty pleasure, even if he didn’t want to admit it.
Until next time, get your geek on!
Regina & Isabela & Mark & Julie
What are your guilty pleasures? What don’t you talk to your friends and family about enjoying? Let us know in the comments!
Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.
To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.